An example of pontificate is the actions of a self-important professor who rambles on and on.
Origin of pontificateClassical Latin pontificatus ; from pontifex: see pontiff
- to officiate as a pontiff
- to speak or act in a pompous or dogmatic way
Origin of pontificate< ML pontificatus, pp. of pontificare
intransitive verbpon·tif·i·cat·ed, pon·tif·i·cat·ing, pon·tif·i·cates
- To express opinions or judgments in a dogmatic way.
- To administer the office of a pontiff.
Origin of pontificateLatin pontific&amacron;tus, from pontifex, pontific-, pontifex; see pontifex. V., from Medieval Latin pontific&amacron;re, pontific&amacron;t-, to act as an ecclesiastic, from Latin pontifex.
(third-person singular simple present pontificates, present participle pontificating, simple past and past participle pontificated)